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By Franz Valery Marie Cumont

1922. Lectures introduced at Yale collage at the Silliman beginning. the writer was once invited to lecture at New Haven throughout the month of March 1921 on a topic in terms of non secular heritage. He selected the guidelines present in Roman paganism in regards to the lot of the soul after loss of life. Lectures incorporated are: old advent; after existence within the tomb; the nether global; celestial immortality; profitable of immortality; premature loss of life; trip to the past; sufferings of hell and metempsychosis; felicity of the blessed.

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It is significant that at much the same time the historian Castor of Rhodes claimed to interpret Roman usages by Pythag59 and the stories establishing a connection between the orism, Roman state and the reformers of Greater Greece were multi 60 thought it plied. In the Augustan age a worldly poet like Ovid no digres introduce into his where to Metamorphoses, permissible was to be looked for, a long speech of Pythagoras little later explaining vegetarianism and transmigration. Antonius Diogenes, the romancer, found in the same philosophy 61 All this inspiration for his fantastic pictures of the lot of souls.

Hades, no ferryman Charon, no Aeacus as doorkeeper, no dog Cerberus. All we, whom death sends down to the earth, become bones and ashes and no more. Offer not perfumes and garlands to my stele it is but a stone burn no fire the expenditure is vain. If thou have a gift, give of feeling . . : ; : it me while I : thou givest to my ashes to drink, thou wilt the dead will not drink "When thou scatterest live. If make mud and earth on my remains, say that I have again become as I was was not. This last thought occurs frequently.

83 See above, p. 13. See Lecture III, p. 98. Cf. See below, Lecture III, p. 100 ss. ss. HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION marked the world s boundary: beyond it 29 there was only void or the ether. The universe, as this philosophy imagined it, had therefore well-defined limits when men raised their eyes to the constella tions of the firmament, they thought they perceived its end. " Nor was the universe then a multiplicity of affrights ; : heavenly bodies moving to an unknown goal and perpetually transformed, transitory manifestations of an energy developed for undiscoverable ends.

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